Had lunch Monday with Bob Pulcipher at the new Café De France that, until recently, was located in the old Marilyn Hickey church property on Orchard Rd., now owned by Alberta developers with plans to demolish the structures. Long story short, the café had to move, and they did to a new location at 2730 So. Colorado Blvd on the north side of the King Soopers parking lot.
I heard about the new location from Greenwood Village friend Lou Schroeder, who is a fan of the restaurant, and told me how successful the new location has become.
Pulcipher and I are long-time friends and members of the Denver Westerners Posse group, a long-time organization of western writers. He worked for the old First National Bank on 17th St. for decades and he wrote the history of the bank in his book before they sold, back in the last century. He has also served on the Denver Library Board for many years.
He loves the Monte Cristo sandwich served at the Café De France and Lou warned me to get there early because the restaurant is jammed at lunchtime. It was slightly hard to find, but Bob had a table waiting and he enjoyed his sandwich and my French onion soup and sandwich were excellent with little flowers on the plate, an extra touch.
The conversation with Bob usually dwells around history. We once went to the Federal Center and found historic documents dating back to the 1860s showing the Denver Mint requesting rifles to protect the Mint from a potential Indian attack. We also found some documents about my Irish grandfather who arrived in Colorado after his arrival in 1865 at Ellis Island coming from County Cork as a farm boy.
Bob is also a moderate conservative and we talked about politics, which is unusual for both of us. We like western history best. But Bob and I are upset with what is going on in Washington D.C. with the constant nagging and attacks on the president.
President Trump is attempting to negotiate with the tough guys in foreign countries while certain members of the U.S Congress are stabbing him in the back every day for political gain in the 2020 election. The foreign leaders read the headlines and watch CNN and have figured out that maybe they can outlast the president. Delay the negotiations, stall, do what they’ve done to every American president for past decades while they shoot missiles, shout death to America and Israel, and have unfair trade policies flooding our country with goods and stealing our intellectual property rights.
Bob and I both think it goes beyond politics and amounts to political harassment that borders on treason to our Commander and Chief weakening his ability to negotiate with these hardliner Communist dictators and Islamic terrorists.
We both watch Fox News along with Discovery and History channels, and Bob likes CSPAN programs. Next lunch we probably will go back to history. We even touched on the inappropriate appearances of US Rep. Jason Crow and Senator Michael Bennett attempting to talk politics at the recent STEM School memorial service where many of the kids walked out on the two of them.
Good for the kids, they’re tired of it too…
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